We’ve recently been researching lunch and afternoon tea options for our guests enjoying a Windermere stay. Our handy location in Windermere village means we are an easy walk from a great selection of eateries – from casual bistros and traditional pubs to more formal restaurants.
The 1st Floor Cafe at Lakeland was one of our first review stops (I had help from my daughter Matilda, who is happy to share the load when it comes to scouting great places to eat and drink!). The cake counter is an immediate distraction as you can see.
When we arrived it was busy in the café but we still got a table and didn’t have to wait long for friendly service. When the menu arrived, the savoury choices were just as appealing as the cake counter. I tried one of the vegetarian options as the menu had some excellent choices: the Chickpea Falafel Burger.
I’m so glad I did as it was delicious! Matilda chose the Sticky Sesame Korean Chicken which she tells me tasted just as good as it looked.
Top tip 1: This is a great spot for guests arriving by, or waiting for, the train as it is right by the train station.
Top tip 2: If you’re staying with us near Christmas, you can combine lunch with some shopping downstairs in the iconic Lakeland store (we particularly love some of their foodie stocking filler ideas and the recipe book selection).
Lakeland – Part of Your Windermere Stay
Lakeland is a fantastic store for those of us who love a bit of retail therapy with a focus on the kitchen. Here’s how Lakeland describe themselves:
“As one of the UK’s home shopping pioneers with over 50 years of experience under our belts, Lakeland offer an unrivalled collection of creative kitchenware, practical ideas for the home and garden, and inspiring gifts from all over the world. Our Buyers search for innovative products that make life easier, before putting them through a rigorous selection and testing process to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
From everyday utensils and preserving basics, to never-seen-before cookware; if they’ve made it into our range, you can be sure they’ll be long-lasting and offer great value for money. We are so confident of this that every item is backed by our guarantee, if you’re not delighted with your purchase or our service, or find the same product elsewhere for less, please tell us so that we can put it right. It’s this kind of dedication to service that has gained us such a loyal customer following over the years.”
Leave a bit of time either side of brunch or lunch to wander downstairs and pick up a few home treats!